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G'day Developers!

We are excited to announce the launch of SSW TV this month!

SSW TV is a collection of interviews, instructional videos and presentations with the best Microsoft professionals from all over the world.

We hope you can join us weekly as we release the most up to date .NET, SQL Server, TFS and SharePoint videos.

Raj, Titus and Rebecca in our Media team have been working tirelessly to get this site live so go check it out and leave your feedback in the comments.

We’d love to get your suggestions so we can create more videos that you love!

Check out our featured video below, one of the many available at SSW TV


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Featured Video: SharePoint Saturday Sydney 2011 – An interview with Microsoft Certified Masters

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Three top Aussies, Alexandre Bacchin of Dimension Data, Elaine Van Burgan and Gerald De Run both from OBS, talk to Adam Cogan about:

  • What it takes to achieve the illustrious ‘Microsoft Certified Master’ qualification
  • The various steps it takes to achieve the qualification, including:
    • What pre-assessments there are
    • What knowledge you must already hold in order to get through the assessments
    • What costs are involved

This is a must watch video for anyone who’s interested in the Microsoft Master qualification.

Click here to see all the SSW Videos, Webinars and Podcasts

Featured Event: Issue Mapping Masterclass

Issue Mapping

1 Month to go!

Issue Mapping Masterclass Sydney

1st-2nd Dec 2011
Cost: $1650 +GST PP
$1395 + GST PP for Groups of 3 or more

What is issue mapping?

  • A novel, powerful and inclusive method to elicit requirements, capture knowledge and develop shared understanding in complex projects or broader strategic planning. Pioneered by CogNexus Institute in California, and used by NASA, the World Bank and United Nations, this instructor-led, face-to-face course is only available through Seven Sigma.
  • A sensemaking framework used to support group discussions to assist all involved to come to a shared understanding.
  • A technique of visually mapping participants’ points of view, problems voiced, the rationale and reasons leading up to decisions. Issue maps are created as part of the meeting process and form a central point of reference. These maps are rich and detailed, yet can be easily read and understood by everyone, even by those not part of the discussion group.
  • An effective method of reducing the frustration and repetition of meetings, leveraging ‘crowd wisdom’ by tapping into the knowledge of all participants.

Sydney .NET User Group -
The best place to learn .NET for free in Sydney

User Group

6 Days to go!

Sydney .NET User Group
Wednesday 16th Nov 2011
5:45pm - 9:00pm
Temporary New Location
SSW Head Office
Gateway Court, Suite 13
81-91 Military Road, Neutral Bay

Continuous Delivery : Beyond technical

Speaker: Steve Godbold

The topic of continuous delivery is largely discussed as a set of technical processes for achieving high quality within software development. However a large part of it's value comes from reducing the time from the creation of software to the time it is in the hands of users or customers. In this session we'll take a look at how our process impacts our ability to continuously deliver and how using the Kanban Method to improve our process can support our efforts to deliver better software more effectively.


Steve Godbold is an ALM Consultant based in Sydney, Australia. Consulting to some of Australia's largest government departments, local startups and global corporations, his breadth of experience feeds his knowledge of various software processes. Passionate about challenging himself outside of client engagements, Steve is commonly found buried in his to-read pile, presenting at community events or working hard to make sure his girlfriend doesn't beat him on words with friends.

To see more details and RSVP, please visit our facebook .NET group or our LinkedIn .NET group.

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Sydney .Net User Group proudly sponsored by:

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Scrum Training Course


This special offer is on top of our current offer of 25% off so the lucky people to snag this offer will end up saving over $2000 per ticket. This special offer is only available for the remaining 2011 courses and is not available on our website. The offer can only be taken up by contacting our office on 02 9953 3000 or


This Scrum Developer course is a unique and intensive five-day experience for software developers. The course guides teams on how to turn product requirements into potentially shippable increments of software using the Scrum framework, Visual Studio 2010, and modern software engineering practices. Attendees will work in self-organizing, self-managing teams using a common instance of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 to achieve this goal.

Find out more and Register

DDD Brisbane

Damian Brady

15 Days to go!

DDD Brisbane

9:00am - 6:00pm
Sat 26 Nov 2011

SSW will be filming all six sessions in the Web/Mobile track for this sold out event. Keep an eye on our SSW TV website to catch these sessions!

The popular DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper events have taken place in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide this year and now it’s Brisbane’s turn! Organised by Damian Brady from our Brisbane office, the event will have some great sessions presented by speakers from Brisbane, interstate, and possibly even overseas.

DDD is a community event run by developers for developers. The content is open, and sessions are submitted and voted for by the community. The result is an event truly aimed at developers.

Canberra .NET User Group -
The best place to learn .NET for free in Canberra

User Group

17 Days to go!

Canberra .NET User Group
Monday 28th Nov 2011
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Microsoft Canberra Branch
Walter Turnbull Building
Level 2, 44 Sydney Ave
Canberra, Australia

Using TVP’s and XML to Transport Relational Data

Speaker: Jeff Wharton

Developers can now use a number of different methods for transporting relational data from their applications to SQL Server and sometimes choosing the best method(s) to use can be frustrating. Which one is faster? Which one is easier to implement? Can I use a mixture of both?

In this presentation we’ll take a look at how to implement solutions using XML and Table-valued Parameters (TVP’s) and what’s required to switch between the two technologies. We’ll also take a look at some of the pros and cons associated with using XML and TVP’s in your applications and what can be done to reduce the (perceived) performance overheads associated with using said technologies.


Jeff is a Solutions Architect with Ozcruising and holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Development (.NET Stream) and a Master’s Degree in Database Design and Management (SQL Server). Jeff is also a MCT specialising in SQL Server technologies and holds MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA and MCSD certifications.

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To see more details and RSVP, please visit our facebook .NET group or our LinkedIn .NET group.

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Canberra .Net User Group proudly sponsored by:

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Welcome to SSW

SSW would like to welcome a new employee to the team this month:

Daragh Daragh Bannigan
Senior Network Administrator

Daragh has been working in Network administration for over 10 years, working for companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Siemens business services. Some of his most recent certifications are 2008 MCITP Server & Enterprise Administrator and MCITP Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010. Daragh is highly motivated and enjoys a demanding role and being a part of the enthusiastic SSW team. He hope to progress within SSW which is innovative, challenging and rewarding. Particularly the exposure to the latest technologies has excited Daragh about his future with SSW.

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Advertise with SSW

If you would like to advertise your product or service with SSW or would like to find out more about various advertising opportunities, please email your enquiry to or call: +61 2 9953 3000.

SSW Update

November 2011


Personal Assistant / Office Administration

SSW is seeking a super star PA / Office administrator to start in early January 2012. This role is the heart of the SSW office and we require someone highly organised, flexible, who has the ability to multitask and prioritise their workload.
As the successful candidate, you will need to keep in very close contact with the managing director and assist him to keep on top of his impossible schedule. You will also need to be available to assist our developers and other staff with booking travel arrangements, liaising with customers, preparing for meetings and training sessions.
Part of this role will also see you updating our websites and social media pages with the latest news and events and also composing and sending our monthly newsletter to some 30,000 readers!
And just in case you thought this was not enough, you will also be in charge of the general office admin duties such as mail, banking, stationary orders, reception, couriers etc.

If you think you are up for this challenge then read more and Apply NOW...

SharePoint Developer

Are you looking to establish a career working with the latest software technology for a large range of great organisations? Do you enjoy managing your own clients in a fun, fast-paced and dynamic environment?
SSW has been the leading Microsoft technology company in Sydney for 21 years. We require an enthusiastic SharePoint developer to start ASAP.

Read more and Apply NOW...

Senior Designer

SSW is looking for a highly talented front-end Web Designer who is passionate about creating great standards-based Web 2.0 sites. This role requires the understanding of how people behave in certain contexts and how various stimuli and circumstances can affect individual thought processes in social and professional situations.
You will be working with both creative designers and the development team in various challenging projects. This role requires someone who is able to communicate effectively with both disciplines together with creating aesthetically pleasing design prototypes, including graphic design, site navigation, and layout of content.

Read more and Apply NOW...

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